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Don't Just Plead Guilty

Saul Segan | Posted 05.23.2016 | Crime
Saul Segan

Law abiding citizens often get in their own way. Because of the mystique of our court systems, many of those who get arrested for traffic tickets or even worse, DUI's, anticipate so much fear of the courts, that they are too ready to "rollover and play dead," in order to get it all over with.

Convicted Gov. Bob McDonnell May Just Convince Supreme Court He's Innocent

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics

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The Ghomeshi Verdict: Re-imagining How Future Sexual Assault Cases Are Heard

Naomi Sayers | Posted 03.25.2016 | Crime
Naomi Sayers

We propose a re-imagining of future sexual assault trials in order to respond to the realities of sexual assault survivors while also respecting the rights of an accused.

Remembering Black and Indigenous Women in Retention of Women Criminal Law Practice

Naomi Sayers | Posted 03.23.2016 | Women
Naomi Sayers

We are often mistaken for the assistant in the courtroom, rather than the lawyer. And the most obvious, racialized lawyers in criminal law practice are often in solo practice. Maybe it is because we are not even hired as much.

South Africa's Shapeshifting Position on International Justice?

Ottilia Anna Maunganidze | Posted 03.18.2016 | World
Ottilia Anna Maunganidze

Source: Journalists For Justice On Tuesday, March 15, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) dismissed the government's leave to appeal the ...

Ways Social Media Impacts Law

Brad Reid | Posted 03.03.2016 | Crime
Brad Reid

Social media, broadly defined, is having a powerful impact in the U.S. legal environment. Additionally, as social media crosses national boundaries, global legal concerns, not addressed in this brief comment, must be considered in practice.

Even in New York City, Exposing One's Penis to a Police Officer May Be a Lewd Act

Andrew Stengel | Posted 02.03.2016 | Crime
Andrew Stengel

Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously wrote that he could not define pornography, "But I know it when I see it." A Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge recently decided that she could define a lewd act when he saw it, and he knew it from a defendant's exposed penis.

Supreme Court Spares Bob McDonnell From Prison For A While Longer

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take up the case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), who in October urged the justices to review his...

This Will Be A Key Issue In The Bill Cosby Case

Kevin Sali | Posted 12.31.2015 | Crime
Kevin Sali

One of the most critical questions will be whether the prosecutors can present evidence relating to the many other accusations made against Cosby by other women. The judge's ruling on this issue may end up being the turning point in the case.

Can the Government Put a Price Tag On Your Right to Choose Your Lawyer?

Evan Bernick | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

When, if ever, can the government effectively prevent a criminal defendant from using their legitimate assets to hire a lawyer? That's the fundamental question that the Supreme Court confronts in Luis v. United States--a question that implicates the integrity of the criminal justice system.

The Fate Of This Sex Offender May Lie In The Hands Of Justice Scalia

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A man convicted of possessing child pornography wants the Supreme Court to read his offense under federal law narrowly -- and in the pro...

A Divorce Lawyer Tips Her Hat to Criminal Lawyers

Justine Borer | Posted 06.13.2015 | Crime
Justine Borer

I'm one of those lucky lawyers who found her calling at the age of 7. L.A. Law hooked me. Today I focus on family/matrimonial law, but it wasn't Arnie Becker, the charming and unctuous matrimonial lawyer at McKenzie Brackman, who reeled me in.

Federal Laws: Too Numerous and Vague

Kevin Price | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Kevin Price

The vast majority of Americans clearly seem unhappy with the working of Washington. The president and Congress have overwhelmed the American people with an incredible number of laws that are difficult for the voters and even policy makers to understand.

A Blueprint for Local Police Reform to Improve Legitimacy

Tara Lai Quinlan | Posted 02.21.2015 | Crime
Tara Lai Quinlan

While we certainly don't have all the answers, it's time to start talking about and funding constructive ways to reform policing to quell anger by improving legitimacy and community relations.

Shakespeare Had It Wrong: Don't 'Kill All the Lawyers!'

Steven Brill | Posted 09.22.2014 | Crime
Steven Brill

Government cannot police itself. Departments like the Internal Affairs Bureau of the NYPD and the Inspector General of New York can only do so much. It takes the lawyers for the injured and abused, to protect the less powerful and to effectuate true change for our communities.

Working as a Defense Attorney Shouldn't Mean Political Suicide

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.14.2014 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Advising the accused is not a politically popular job. But it is a necessary one. To criticize defense attorneys, the chief checks against prosecutorial abuse, is to promote a judicial system of error by stigmatizing a key motivator for better prosecution.

When Art and Real Life Collide in the Courtroom

Steven Brill | Posted 07.09.2014 | Crime
Steven Brill

At an increasing rate, federal prosecutors are seeking to introduce rap videos, made by the charged defendants, as relevant evidence in their attempt to prove the elements of the crimes charged.

Federal Court: The Police Can Stop and Search You for Behaving Innocently

Larry Bodine | Posted 06.28.2014 | Crime
Larry Bodine

The police can now stop you for no reason at all. Law enforcement just needs to add a sinister context to your behavior, and off you go to jail.

Teach Law Outside of Law Schools

Michael Shammas | Posted 06.04.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

What if I told you that the most pertinent social science subject -- one that affects every single one of us every single day -- is taught to only a select few? That would be absurd, right? Well, unfortunately this is no fiction. It is the state of legal knowledge in America, and it is profoundly troubling.

The Growing Trend of 'Revenge Porn' and the Criminal Laws That May Follow

Steven Brill | Posted 04.27.2014 | Crime
Steven Brill

Police departments and DAs are trying to figure out just how our justice system will deal with this new trend.

Too Often, American Justice Is Injustice

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.22.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Our state of affairs goes against a pinnacle of American justice, equality before law, facilitating everything from war crimes, to torture, to domestic spying, to a predatory, ravenous Wall Street that feeds on the middle class with impunity.

These Are the 10 Most Psychopathic Jobs in America

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.06.2014 | Weird News
Michael Shammas

As an aspiring lawyer, I suspected it all along, but now my suspicions have been (unfortunately) confirmed: We're all crazy. A ranking compiled by O...

Beware of Legal Threats Social Networks Pose

Russ Warner | Posted 10.30.2013 | Crime
Russ Warner

Be cautious and smart when using social networking sites. The feeling of anonymity that comes from no face-to-face interaction is an illusion. All information and photos, once posted publicly, is free to access and use and stays in server farms for years to come.

A Lawyer's Holiday: Part 2

Elliot Peters | Posted 10.21.2013 | Crime
Elliot Peters

It was stunning. Here was the story. Told so casually, but so consistent (except for who pulled the trigger) with everything we knew, including what Steven had testified to in court. Ronald was innocent and we could prove it.

Double Jeopardy in Egypt: Why You Should Care

Seth Engel | Posted 02.06.2013 | World
Seth Engel

Though nominally a domestic issue, Egypt is facing a similarly vexing threat to international justice. This threat should be followed closely the world over.